Hand-embroidered organdy skirt, c.1910
With their elaborate handwork, "whites" from the early 20th century are treasured by the collector. Nothing can compare with the textural quality of high-relief hand embroidery. The abundance of fine hand embroidery on the exceptional skirt appeals to our nostalgia for a more genteel lifestyle.
The skirt is fashioned with two tiers of crisp white organdy. The top tier is lined with white cotton for modesty. Each tier is lavishly hand embroidered with flowering vines. I love the scalloped hem border on the top tier. The flared skirt is gracefully shaped to be smooth over the hips and full below. It closes in back with hooks.
The fine hand embroidery (3rd picture down) is quintessential Art Nouveau design: scrolling floral motifs with a whimsical touch. They convey the fresh, joyful spirit of newborn springtime—perfect for the frigid winter months.
What accounts for the affecting feminine appeal? Can we credit the masterly depiction of the leaves, tendrils, and flowers in full bloom, reaching up for the sun's warmth, as a woman yearns for love?
The condition is excellent. It is clean and ready to wear.
It measures: 27" waist (room to let out), 40" hip, and 42" length.